I Double Dog Dare Ya!
Do you happen to know which famous D.C. Institution has been “black owned and operated since 1958”? Are you able to locate it? If so, you might just be made of the stuff needed to participate in Urban Dare, which hits town on April 21st. If you think you have to be fitter than members of the DC Tri-Club, think again. If you own a mobile device with internet capabilities or know how to phone a friend, you might be able to outsmart those fitter than a fiddle tri-athletes because unlike pub quiz, you can use such devices to compete in “the adventure race that’s part photo hunt, part trivia and part DARES”.
Two years ago, Kevin Keefe started Urban Dare events in D.C. and Boston, enticing people of all ages to compete in wacky dares, trivia and embarrassing photo hunts. Since then, Kevin has expanded Urban Dare to encompass more than ten cities across the U.S. and hopes 2008 will see Urban Dare in cities such as Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, and Paris. Kevin recently took a some time to answer a few questions:
Mik: Why start Urban Dare?
KK: Over the years I’ve done a lot of different races – triathlon, marathon, adventure races, but there was nothing like Urban Dare. There are two similar races – the Rat Race [Anyone remember the movie?] in England and the City Chase in Canada. I decided that since the race I wanted to do did not exist here, I would create it.
Mik: What inspired you?
KK: I’ve always been a little entrepreneurial, so starting something up was easy for me. Two years ago, I rode my bicycle across the country. When I got back, I started thinking about what I was going to do and the next thing I know I’m working on creating Urban Dare.
Mik: What’s the stupidest dare you’ve used thus far?
KK: the frozen footsie dare – we soaked socks in water and then froze them. when teams showed up we gave them the frozen stiff socks and each team member had to put one on to get their passport stamped.
Mik: Do you think Urban Dare could be used by corporations as a team building exercise?
KK: Absolutely. I’m doing it for a corp next month and have already done a few.
Mik: What’s been the most rewarding thing about Urban Dare?
KK: I meet a lot of people who are so enthusiastic after running a dare. It’s nice to know people really appreciate the experience. I also enjoy writing the clues.
Mik: Is there any way for people to get involved if they don’t want to race?
KK:Yes. I always need people to run checkpoint dares.
If you enjoy the camaraderie and stupidity of having a good time with friends, foes and just plain strange people (and come on, if we have anything here in D.C., it’s strange people), exploring your favourite city and completing an especially challenging dare, then join me and other D.C. Metblog goofballs as we compete against each other in our quest to be the know-it-all of D.C., or at least the fastest D.C. Metblogging team.
Not warm enough for you to venture outside for three to four hours yet? Happen to loathe a particular Metblogger and wish to make them uncomfortable? Then perhaps you should suggest a dare for Kevin to use at the next Urban Dare meet-up for a chance to win an “I made a Dare” t-shirt and make us suffer at your cruel, cruel hands.
Check out the Urban Dare Blog for updates and video footage, find a person to partner up with, come up with a stupid team name like “Jox in a Box”, dressing like a hasher and shell out $90 for the pleasure adventure funnery at Urban Dare.com; be there or be incredibly boring. Contact UrbanDare.com for details regarding volunteer opportunities this Saturday.